East Piedmont District
“A Cure for Nature Deficit Disorder: Explore Native Plants in Your Area!”
Director, Peggy Little
Peggy is a native of Lancaster, South Carolina, and is married to Donnie Little.
They have two sons, Heath & Scott, and three grandchildren – Lola, Emerson, and James.
She is an active member of First United Methodist Church, The Lancaster Garden Club, and Lancaster Literary Review. She has two labs, Annie (age 15) and Hoppy, along with a rescue cat (age 15), named Blinkie.
Peggy began her working career with Attorneys Don Rushing, Brooks Goldsmith, and Reece Williams (Williams, Rushing
& Goldsmith), which firm later became Rushing & Goldsmith. Rushing & Goldsmith Law Firm then merged with Thomas & Folks (Thomas, Rushing, Goldsmith, and Folks), where she closed real estate loans and worked in domestics (total of 15 years).
After leaving the law firm in 1990, she worked with Jim Hodges in the Legal Department of The Springs Company (non-textile holdings of the Springs/Close Families), and thereafter joined Governor Jim Hodges at the Governor’s Office in Columbia (1999).
Her latest venture was Manager and Director of The Performing Arts Series at the Bundy Auditorium – USC Lancaster.
Co-Chairman, Gina Ginther
Gina and her husband Bob were born and raised in southern California. They lived most of their lives in the south Orange County beach area where they raised their daughters, Jennifer and Catherine before moving to South Carolina in 2006. Jennifer remains in California and Catherine now lives in Denver, Colorado. Gina and Bob live in Tega Cay, South Carolina with their 12 year-old Shih Tzu, Oliver who is the unofficial mayor of Broken Brook Way. Gina is a budding photographer and when not playing in the garden, she absolutely loves spending time at their beach house with the entire family whenever possible.
Gina has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has been a registered nurse for 35 years with practice experience in adult critical care, emergency medicine and solid organ transplantation. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Gina completed 25 years of service and retired from the University of California and after moving east, worked another 5 years at Carolina’s HealthCare System. She holds a Public Health Nurse Certificate and is looking forward to pursuing a position as a school nurse in the fall.
After moving from California, where everyone’s lawn looked like carpet 365 days a year, Gina soon realized that gardening is truly a regional challenge and after a disastrous first year in her new garden, she joined Gardening on the Cay to learn more about gardening in the southeast. Now, not only is her garden thriving, but she has also found a circle of amazing women that have become her very best friends. She has been a member for over nine years and has served as president and vice-president in addition to working on numerous committees. Gina looks forward to serving as the East Piedmont Co-Director and strongly supporting Director Peggy Little as they encourage all to disconnect from technology and reconnect with our beautiful and essential South Carolina native plants.
East Piedmont District Federated Garden Clubs (20)
632EP- Anne Pamela Cunningham Garden Club, Laurens
076EP- Carolina Wren Garden Club, Clinton
028EP- Fairforest Garden Club, Spartanburg
600EP- Gaffney Garden Club, Gaffney
341EP- Garden Ellas Garden Club, Woodruff
636EP- Gardening on the Cay, Tega Cay
356EP- Good Neighbors Garden Club, Union
186EP- Green Gardeners Garden Club, Lancaster
223EP- In-Depth Study Club, Spartanburg
499EP- Lady Slipper Garden Club, Spartanburg
066EP- Lancaster Garden Club, Lancaster
231EP- Leaf & Petal Garden Club, Lancaster
047EP- Merry Tillers Garden Club, Spartanburg
634EP- Potting Shed Garden Club, Chester
202EP- Reidville Garden Club, Spartanburg
131EP- The Fannie Louise Holcombe Garden Club, Spartanburg
224EP- The Ivy League Garden Club, Spartanburg
021EP- Town & Country Garden Club, Rock Hill
192EP- Upsy-Daisy Garden Club, Spartanburg
C18EP- Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs, Lancaster
C03EP- Spartanburg Garden Club Council, Spartanburg